My Drama With Hasselblad, Bullying, and Their Latest Comparisons

As a photographer and YouTuber, I review equipment and photography related gear on my channel. There are occasions when certain items receive less than positive reviews and, in most circumstances, the company in question operates in a very professional manner. Unfortunately, this isn’t true in every case and after I reviewed the Hasselblad H6D 100c, Hasselblad weren’t too happy with me. It was early last year when I reviewed the flagship Hasselblad camera comparing it to several full-frame cameras and an iPhone. Initially, Hasselblad were fine with the reviews and actually gave me more equipment to test and review.
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Canon is Already #1 in Mirrorless Cameras in Japan

Sony has multiple full frame mirrorless cameras on the market and Nikon is planning to unveil its first later this month, but it seems that having a pro-oriented mirrorless camera isn’t a prerequisite for doing well in the mirrorless market. Case in point: Canon is apparently already the #1 mirrorless camera company in Japan even before announcing its own rumored full frame mirrorless system. Canon Rumors reports that in reporting its 2018 2nd quarter financial results recently, Canon claims that it has taken the #1 spot in mirrorless camera market share over the first half of 2018. The APS-C Canon
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Gregory Heisler on Embracing Your Own Uniqueness

You know Gregory Heisler, or at the very least, you’ve seen his work. Gregory is a prolific photographer best known for his 70 cover portraits for TIME Magazine and has graced the pages of Life, Esquire, Fortune, GQ, Sports Illustrated, ESPN, and The New York Times Magazine. We recently had the pleasure of hosting Gregory in our CreativeLive studios to present his talk on embracing one’s own uniqueness. Now, I attend a lot of keynotes, speeches, and presentations. Not often do I stand in the audience yelling “PREACH!” like I was during Gregory’s presentation. His thoughts on prioritizing the Continue reading "Gregory Heisler on Embracing Your Own Uniqueness"

Beyoncé Picks First Black Photog for Vogue Cover Photo: Report

For the first time in the 125-year history of the iconic fashion and lifestyle magazine Vogue, a black photographer will be behind the photo that graces the cover, according to a new report. HuffPost reports that Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour has given superstar singer Beyoncé “unprecidented control” of the cover for the September issue of the magazine, and that Beyoncé decided to hire 23-year-old New York-based photographer Tyler Mitchell to shoot her portrait.

“Wintour has always exerted complete control over the fashion bible, including selecting the
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Nat Geo: We Went ‘Too Far’ in Linking Starving Polar Bear to Climate Change

In December 2017, viral images of a starving polar bear in Canada captured the world’s attention. Now National Geographic is saying it went “too far” in saying that the images show “what climate change is like.” The video was captured by photographers Paul Nicklen and Cristina Mittermeier on Somerset Island in the Canadian Arctic. After Nicklen posted the video on Instagram with the caption, “This is what starvation looks like,” Nat Geo picked it up and added its own captions. Here’s the 1.5-minute video that National Geographic originally published:
The video quickly became the most viewed video on
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Fujifilm Considering Bringing Back Its B&W Film: Report

Fujifilm killed off the last of its black-and-white film and photo paper back in April 2018. For many film photographers that news was like a dagger to the heart, but there is hope yet: Fujifilm is reportedly considering bringing its B&W film back. The Japanese news outlet ITmedia reports that Fujifilm has “just started the examination” of relaunching film for B&W photography. The company heard the requests of film photographers who didn’t wish to see Neopan 100 Acros be discontinued, but it still needs to solve the logistical problems — obtaining the necessary raw materials for its film production is
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NY Daily News Cuts All Photographers

The New York Daily News slashed its editorial staff in half this week, and among the casualties of the layoffs was the entire team of photographers. The paper, which called itself “New York’s Picture Newspaper” for over 70 years, now has zero staff photographers. NPPA reports that all 10 NY Daily News staff photographers had their positions eliminated in the layoffs, and two positions were cut from the photo editing staff. The photographers who lost their jobs were Anthony DelMundo, Debbie Egan-Chin, James Keivom, Todd Maisel, Ken Murray, Andrew Savulich, Howard Simmons, Susan Watts, Marcus Santos and Jefferson Siegel.
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Standard 4×5: A Large Format Camera You Assemble Yourself for $320

The Standard 4×5 is a new 3D printed large format camera that’s perfect for aspiring large format photographers on a budget: the camera comes as an IKEA-style assemble-it-yourself kit that costs just $320. The camera is the brainchild of photographer Drew Nikonowicz and the first model to be released by his new startup company, Standard Cameras. Nikonowicz began designing his own 4×5 camera after purchasing his first 3D printer back in 2014. Since then, the camera he developed has gone from a side project to something he’s hoping to share with photographers around the world commercially.
The assemble-it-yourself kit.
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Jacobson Sound Blimps Closing After 52 Years

Jacobson Sound Blimps has announced that it’s closing up shop, bringing an end to the 52-year-old business that produced the de facto official sound blimp used by still photographers on movie sets to suppress shutter sounds. In a letter sent out to Local 600 still photographers, 74-year-old Mark Jacobson (the family-owned company’s CEO, CFO, Head Technical Designer, and Chief Floor Sweeper) announced that he will be retiring and winding down operations. Here’s a copy of the letter, in which Jacobson notes that silent mirrorless cameras have done away with the need for sound blimps.
Dear Local 600 Friends After 52
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Photographer Outs Herself as Mystery Donor of $5.5M to Female Artists

In 1996, a mysterious program called Anonymous Was a Woman began giving $25,000 with no questions asked to 10 underrecognized female artists over the age of 40. Now, 22 years and $5.5 million later, the anonymous benefactor behind the program has finally stepped forward: she’s 77-year-old photographer Susan Unterberg. The photographer revealed her identity to the New York Times saying that “it’s a great time for women to speak up. I feel I can be a better advocate having my own voice.”

‘Tasteless’ Photos of Poor Indians Bring Backlash for World Press Photo

World Press Photo is at the receiving end of sharp criticism today for a series of photos on its Instagram account showing poverty-stricken Indians standing in front of tables laden with feasts. The set of photos were posted on Sunday (and are still online) as part of an “Instagram takeover” of the World Press Photo account by Italian photographer Alessio Mamo.

Should National Geographic Fine Art be ‘Trusted’?

I recently wrote about my experience with the National Geographic Fine Art Galleries (NGFA), which wanted one of my photos to sell in their galleries. In return, they offered me a mere five percent commission. Additionally, the $1,800+ prints sold through NGFA are signed with an autopen, a machine which replicates a signature. In the same article, I discussed what qualifies as fine art or not. I used the term “fine art” because, well, it’s in the name of the National Geographic Fine Art Galleries. However, I think “authentic” might be a better word choice. We can define what authentic
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NY Times Selects Meaghan Looram as Its New Director of Photography

Earlier this year, the New York Times began searching for a new Director of Photography to replace Michele McNally, who announced her retirement in February after 14 years in that role. After considering both external and internal candidates, the Times has selected Meaghan Looram, who served as one of McNally’s top deputies for 8 years.

“Meaghan has overseen a large staff of photo editors, photographers and freelancers who routinely produce much of the best photojournalism
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Fujifilm 33mm f/1.0 Set to Be the First Mirrorless f/1.0 Autofocus Lens

In addition to its two new lenses announced yesterday, the 200mm f/2 and the 8-16mm f/2.8, Fujifilm has also revealed three upcoming lenses that are now on its roadmap: the 16mm f/2.8, 16-80mm f/4 OIS, and 33mm f/1. The 35mm lens is the first confirmed f/1.0 autofocusing lens in the world of mirrorless cameras. The 35mm lens will be the equivalent of a 50mm f/1.0 lens in 35mm terms. Fujifilm’s current fastest lens is the 56mm f/1.2, which costs $999. Fujifilm is planning to launch the 35mm f/1 sometime in 2020, which is still
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